Course Title: Research Laboratory Two

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Laboratory Two

Credit Points: 12.00



Course Coordinator: Dr Linda Daley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2824

Course Coordinator Email: linda.daley@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses

COMM2474 Research Laboratory One

COMM2353 Research Strategies: Design/Creative Practice

before you commence this course.

OR

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required sills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you mya be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information: Credit at RMIT


Course Description

The Research Laboratory contributes to the research training and outcomes for your honours project. Research Laboratory Two will provide the academic context and theme for your individual honours research project.

The laboratory is an interdisciplinary space where you develop specific, high quality research outcomes that are relevant to the theme of the laboratory. You will concentrate on your research outcomes, which will form the basis of your examinable honours work.

Through the Research Laboratory you will receive feedback and critique of your research project. You will also utilise the content knowledge developed in Research Laboratory One, in the context of discipline and practice relevant outcomes for your research project.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • work collaboratively and ethically in interdisciplinary team
  • demonstrate leadership through developing projects and collaborative processes and be able to explain why this work matters to others in appropriate ways.


Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • explain research as a complex set of practices in diverse disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts to a variety of audiences
  • exercise critical judgement around key issues within your disciplinary field, and compare these to the issues in other disciplines
  • reflect upon your research in terms of contemporary theory and practice, as well as collaborative processes and outcomes.


Overview of Learning Activities

The laboratory will be facilitated by a research leader (lecturer). Your learning will involve a range of activities, including oral presentations, readings, class discussion, presentation and critique of work in progress, and the completion of a variety of tasks that complement your honours research.


Overview of Learning Resources

A variety of resources will be provided by the research leader, including essays, journal articles and web resources. Resources related to academic writing, citation, and publication requirements will be provided, together with project management resources to facilitate project development and completion.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be formative throughout the semester. Assessment may include a variety of presentations of your research in progress such as videos, posters, reports, or class presentations. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment

 

Assessment Tasks

  • In this part of the honours programs the specific whole of class assessment tasks are determined in consultation between the academic leading the course and the student cohort.
  • Three assessment tasks are required and they must contribute to and reflect the learning journey of each student in relation to their understanding of their research practice.
  • Assessment commonly takes the form of reflective diaries and documentation, an evaluative essay, and a draft of their thesis or exegesis.

1. First Draft of Research  30 %

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcome:

  • exercise critical judgement around key issues within your disciplinary field, and compare these to the issues in other disciplines.

2. Peer-edit of Research  40%

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcome:

  • explain research as a complex set of practices in diverse disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts to a variety of audiences.

3. Essay  30%

Reflecting on concepts between theory and practice of your research.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes:

  • explain research as a complex set of practices in diverse disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts to a variety of audiences
  • exercise critical judgement around key issues within your disciplinary field, and compare these to the issues in other disciplines
  • reflect upon your research in terms of contemporary theory and practice, as well as collaborative processes and outcomes.